Movie Monday* 12.29.14 – Is he, or isn’t he?

December 29, 2014 — 1 Comment
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Harrison Ford as Deckard in Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER (WB, 1982)

BLADE RUNNER (R, 117 mins, Warner Bros., Jun 25, 1982)

“The studio insisted that we put the narration back in so people could figure out what was going on. I didn’t think that was especially important ‘cause I never figured out what was going on in all the time I was making it.” – Harrison Ford, introducing Blade Runner at an AFI event in 2013.

A Box Office disappointment and a film that confounded critics and audiences alike at the time, Blade Runner has gained respect and grown in stature for it’s stunning visuals and storytelling complexity. The movie comes in at #97 on AFI’s 10th Anniversary 100 Years, 100 Movies list, It was chosen for preservation and placed on the Untied States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 1993.

Blade Runner sequel in the news: Ridley Scott comments on the script and Harrison Ford’s involvement.

Director: Ridley Scott, Writers: Hampton Fancher, David Peoples, Philip K. Dick (novel) Producer: Erich Pommer, Cinematographer: Jordan Cronenweth, Production Designer: Lawrence G. Paull, Composer: Vangellis Editors: Marsha Nakashima, Terry Rawlings

CAST: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah

Watched on DVD, The Director’s Cut

*Every Monday I watch a classic or historically significant movie that falls into one of these categories: 1) Have never seen it, or 2) Have never seen it uncut, or 3) Have only seen it once, or 4) Haven’t seen it in a very long time.

Some information from: IMDb Pro, BoxOfficeMojo

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One response to Movie Monday* 12.29.14 – Is he, or isn’t he?

  1. 

    What is additionally fascinating about this film is the fact that Daryl Hannah was an autistic child. She is still somewhere on the spectrum but it was probably more severe and noticeable when she was younger. yet of course she looks “normal” and is in fact beautiful, and this combination of the familiar (normal) and unfamiliar (autism spectrum) is very much like the conflict between humans and replicants who unnerved them. The closer that robots look to people (for example, the latest models in Japan), the more people are unnerved by them. When people see children with obvious autism, they are disturbed by it, but it may be even more perplexing to them when the child is high-functioning autistic because not all of the signs of “otherness” are clear from the start. So Daryl Hannah was perfect to play the replicant because she knew her whole life how it felt to be an outsider.

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